The Native Fish in the Classroom program is a hands-on, semester-long project that allows students to raise native fish in their classrooms. For several months, students learn about the life history and issues facing our native fish. Students are responsible for feeding, maintaining aquariums and filter equipment, monitoring water quality, and monitoring the overall health of their fish. The Native Fish in the Classroom Field Day is the culmination of their time with the fish. During the Field Day, students will release their fish and says their goodbyes. 

For the third year in a row, the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office has been working with the U.S. Forest Service in the Gila National Forest and Mora National Fish Hatchery to provide Gila trout to participating schools. Each school is provided Gila trout fingerlings to allow students a hands-on lesson and interaction with the threatened trout. This year, all three participating schools received 300 eggs to hatch in their classrooms.

  • Date: May 15, 2019
  • Time: Approximately 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • School: Quemado Independent School (Quemado) and Harrison Schmitt Elementary (Silver City)
  • Location: USFS Catwalk Recreation Area, Glenwood, New Mexico
  • Date: May 16, 2019
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • School: San Lorenzo Elementary School, K-6th grades.  
  • Location: Lake Roberts, (near Silver City), New Mexico. A small release will occur at Sapillo Creek, but the primary event is at Lake Roberts.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service.

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